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The Politics of the Independence of Kenya


Part of the Contemporary History in Context book series (CHIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. An Historical Introduction 1895–1957

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Keith Kyle
      Pages 3-24
    3. Keith Kyle
      Pages 25-44
    4. Keith Kyle
      Pages 45-65
  3. The Independence of Kenya 1957–63

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Keith Kyle
      Pages 69-90
    3. Keith Kyle
      Pages 91-110
    4. Keith Kyle
      Pages 111-135
    5. Keith Kyle
      Pages 136-159
    6. Keith Kyle
      Pages 160-178
    7. Keith Kyle
      Pages 179-196
    8. Keith Kyle
      Pages 197-204
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 205-258

About this book


As with his critically acclaimed book on Suez, Keith Kyle revisits as a scholar ground that he first covered as a print and television journalist. After three introductory chapters covering the years 1895-1957, the core of the book examines in lively detail how Kenya moved from Mau Mau trauma to national freedom. The immediacy of the eye-witness, which older readers will remember from television reports, is now combined with the fruits of reflection and meticulous archival research to create a unique authoritative study of this vital period for Kenya, for Africa and for the British Empire.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of UlsterNorthern Ireland

About the authors

Keith Kyle is Visiting Professor of History at the University of Ulster.

Bibliographic information


'This is the first account of Kenya's independence to be written with access to the official documents; but the author was also there at the time, as an unusually perspicacious journalist. The combination of research and personal observation...brings a unique blend of authority and immediacy to the book. The personalities come alive even as the political complexities unroll.' - Dr John Lonsdale, Trinity College, Cambridge

'...a highly accessible and much needed synthesis of the secondary literature and recently released government papers relating to Kenyan decolonization.' - Dr Philip Murphy, University of Reading

'The book reads very well and will make a real contribution to the study of the end of Empire.' - Professor T.G. Fraser, University of Ulster